Cairns Museum. Now Open!
Discover the real Cairns
The Cairns Museum contains 4 permanent and 1 temporary gallery that showcase the story of Cairns from Indigenous landscape through to tourist gateway to the Barrier Reef.
Cairns Over Time
Here you will find the story of Cairns told through the lives of locals, including Cairns Traditional Owners. It's the tales of our city – the good, the bad and the downright troppo.
Swamps, sweat and sugar. How a port town was imposed on a steamy tropical landscape and the industries that made it prosper.
Living in the Tropics
Hang out with the locals – including the unwelcome ones! A playful look at what makes life different in the tropical climate.
Relax and watch the passing parade from a genuine tropical verandah. Enjoy the cool breeze and try your hand at a game of chess.
The School of Arts
Step back into a recreation of the 1907 School of Arts, with its curious collections and photo tables for exploration.
A place to explore local collections, contemporary histories and quirky characters.